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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the setting of the play?
(a) America.
(b) Thebes.
(c) Arabia.
(d) Greece.

2. As punishment for his crime, if Laius fathered any children, what would happen to the city of Thebes?
(a) It would be safe.
(b) It would rule all nations.
(c) It would be infested.
(d) It would be destroyed.

3. Who are the group of women of Thebes who rushes on in a panic?
(a) The Messenger.
(b) The Chorus.
(c) The Farmers.
(d) The Singers.

4. What is another name for the manifestation of the Curse of Oedipus?
(a) The Blind.
(b) The Oracle.
(c) The Fury.
(d) The Scary.

5. Who is the King of Thebes at the opening of part 1?
(a) Eteocles.
(b) Laius.
(c) Polyneices.
(d) Argos.

Short Answer Questions

1. The women of Thebes pray to the gods to remember their faithfulness and protect them so they can continue to do what?

2. What type of violation is used to describe women being treated like treasures?

3. Who runs on with news that the seven powerful generals of the attacking army have performed a blood sacrifice?

4. Which of the following is not a fear of the women of Thebes?

5. Who solves the Riddle of the Spinx?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the Chorus, how are old women and young virgins equal victims for the attacking army?

2. How is the theme of family portrayed in this play?

3. Describe Laius' reaction to the Oracle's foreshadowing of Oedipus' life. Was his reaction justified? Explain.

4. How does the Chorus use their senses to illustrate their fears of the war?

5. Describe the relationship between Eteocles and Polyneices.

6. What threat does Eteocles give to the citizens of Thebes? Why do you think Eteocles threatens the citizens?

7. Why does Eteocles make the Chorus change the way they pray? What was the Chorus praying about? What does Eteocles suggest the Chorus pray for?

8. What is the role of the Scout? In your opinion is this character important to the play? Why or why not?

9. Describe the theme of fate as depicted in part 2 of the play.

10. What is a dirge? Who says the dirge and for what reason was it used?

(see the answer keys)

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